Bur­rell pro­ject given £27m

Coun­cil funds ren­o­va­tion

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News - BY PAULWARD

A fur­ther £27mil­lion to­wards the re­fur­bish­ment of the Bur­rell Col­lec­tion has been ap­proved by coun­cil­lors.

The Glas­gow mu­seum closed lastOc­to­ber as work started to up­grade its buildin­gand­make it “fit for purpose” with­more­dis­play space for arte­facts.

The en­tire pro­ject is es­ti­mated to cost £66mil­lion, with around half com­ing from Glas­gow City Coun­cil.

A meet­ing of the coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee yes­ter­day ap­proved £27.3mil­lion to­wards the cost of the re­fur­bish­ment, adding to £ 5.7mil­lion which it had al­ready pledged.

The Her­itage Lot­tery Fund has given £15mil­lion to the pro­ject and the UK Gov­ern­ment has also con­trib­uted £5mil­lion, with a fundrais­ing cam­paign aim­ing to raise the rest.

Do­nated to the city by Sir Wil­liam Bur­rell in 1944, only about 20% of the col­lec­tion was on dis­play.

Un­der the mod­erni­sa­tion plans, a new roof glaz­ing will be fit­ted, along with two new floors of ex­hi­bi­tion space so that 90% of the 8,000 ob­jects can be viewed by the pub­lic.

Through­out the re­fur­bish­ment, some of the works will be on dis­play at Kelv­in­grove Mu­seum and Art Gallery in Glas­gow while an in­ter­na­tional tour of part of the col­lec­tion will sup­port the fundrais­ing drive and raise the col­lec­tion’s pro­file world­wide.

Coun­cil­lor Archie Gra­ham, chair of Glas­gow Life, said: “The Bur­rell Col­lec­tion is a mas­ter­piece and the re­fur­bished and re­dis­played mu­seum will be one of Scot­land’s finest cul­tural as­sets.

“Sir Wil­liam’s great legacy has been de­scribed as the great­est gift a city has ever re­ceived.”

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